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Parish Services

Ministries

We welcome you to read through this diverse list of opportunities that are offered at Prince of Peace. Stewardship in our parish is supported by four pillars – Faith Formation, Hospitality, Prayer, and Service – which invite all members of the parish to experience, witness and live the Stewardship way of life in response to their Baptismal call.

To view a complete list of contacts for Parish Organizations click here.

Click here to view the Weekend Mass Ministry Calendar.

Hospitality Pillar

Adventure Ark Playschool

Join us for “adventures” at the Adventure Ark Playschool! Our Adventure Ark Playschool Mother’s Day Out Program is for children ages 6 months through 2 years of age. Our program runs September through May, two days a week from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Columbarium Board

The Columbarium Board is composed of 5 volunteer members of Prince of Peace that meet at least 3 times a year. The Board manages the financing and maintenance of the Columbarium recommending any necessary renovations or additional construction.

Funeral Support/Refreshments

Parishioners volunteer to help set up the Deasy Hall or St. Jude Room and serve a meal or refreshments to the family and friends of the deceased after the funeral.

Greeter Ministry

This ministry welcomes parishioners arriving for Mass. This requires a minimum commitment of time. You may serve at the Mass of your choice once every 3-4 weeks.

Ladies Monthly Social

This group meets the first Thursday of each month for lunch. Different restaurants are chosen each month. All ladies of the parish are invited.

Minus One

Support and social group for anyone who is minus a person they loved in their life, regardless of circumstance.

MOMS Group

These moms meet on Friday mornings at 9:30 am. They have speakers, book discussions and social activities. Childcare is provided by the Prince of Peace nursery.

Nursery

The Church Nursery provides a safe and caring environment for little ones to stay while their parents attend Mass. Our Sunday Nursery is available during the 8:30 and 11:00 am Masses for children ages 6 months through 2 years of age. The Nursery is also available on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for parents attending church meetings and on Fridays from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm for the MOMS group meeting.

Seniors Ministry

This ministry supports the monthly Seniors Lunch. Volunteers meet every third Tuesday of the month to feed the seniors who attend lunch which begins at 11:30 a.m. following the 11:00 a.m. Mass in the chapel. Arrival to begin preparing food for the luncheon is between 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Upon serving food, we stay to clean up. The seniors play Bingo following lunch until 2:00 p.m.

Social Ministry

This ministry plans and executes fun large and small group outings and other social events for the parish.

Special Events Ministry

This ministry provides food/beverage/decorations support for large or one-time events at PoP Church.

Sports Committee

Children of Prince of Peace parish are invited to participate in different sports programs during the school year. The child must be a student at Prince of Peace School or attend Religious Education classes each Sunday.

Welcome Committee

This ministry provides information about Prince of Peace and a registration form at the Welcome Desk after all weekend Masses. They also host newcomer events throughout the year such as a Sunday Morning Breakfast and a Wine and Cheese Celebration on a Saturday evening.

Service Pillar

Altar Linen Cleaning Committee

Team members are scheduled every ten weeks to clean and iron the altar linens. We pick them up after the 5:00 Sunday evening Mass, or Monday morning. We treat them for stains, wash them, iron them and return them to the church by Thursday evening. If Eucharist is going to be celebrated, somebody has to prepare it. This “behind the scene” service is priceless!

Backpack Ministry

Coordinates the purchase, assembly, and delivery of individual bags of packaged food to Simmons Middle School for students who are food insecure at home over the weekend.

Bread and Roses

On the second Sunday of each month, this ministry serves lunch to the homeless community, providing both nourishment and fellowship to those in need. They serve at the Church of the Reconciler 112 14th Street North from noon until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal and/or serve the guests.

Breast Cancer Survivor

This group is for anyone who has been diagnosed and survived breast cancer. We encourage long term survivors as well as those who have recently been diagnosed and may be undergoing treatment. We meet once a month, usually on the third Tuesday of the month in a meeting room at 7:00 pm. The only requirement is that you are a Breast Cancer Survivor. Our goal is to provide support, encouragement and information for each other and we pray for each other. At the meetings, we laugh, we cry, and we have snacks. We support each other, we affirm each other and we pray for each other.

Caring Needles

This ministry gathers weekly (Tuesdays from 1-3 pm) to make craft items. These items include prayer shawls, lap blankets, baby items, scarves and hats that are knitted, crocheted, and blanket stitched. In turn, these gifts are given to ill parishioners, chemo patients, home bound, etc. When our closet fills, we also donate to various community hospitals and organizations. We pray for the recipients and those we are aware of needing our prayers. We enjoy our time together with much laughter, relaxation, learning something new and encouragement. ALL are welcome to come and see if this is the group for you!

Crockpot Ministry

This group provides a casserole each week, which feeds 12 people, to Hispanic Catholic Social Services. The meal is served to their clients. Volunteers are needed to prepare and provide food, or to help pick up the dishes and deliver to Hispanic Catholic Social Services.

Ecumenical Outreach

This ministry opens dialogue with other Birmingham area faith communities to serve citizens of Alabama. Our first partnership was formed with Living Stones Temple and Sixth Avenue Baptist Church to build a Community Development Center in Vredenburgh, a former lumber mill town in the Alabama Black Belt.

Eucharistic Ministers - Outreach

Outreach Eucharistic Ministers are called to serve God’s holy people by sharing the Body of Christ with the faith community who are unable to attend Mass. This includes nursing home residents, shut-ins and the homebound.

Garden Ministry

Catholic Social Services has a vegetable garden, providing produce to those who need food support. Volunteers are needed to help with the planting and maintenance of the garden.

Grief Support

This ministry provides services as needed to grieving families. Many varied activities fall in the scope of this ministry.

Habitat for Humanity

This ministry provides support for projects initiated by the Habitat for Humanity organization. Use your building skills or provide food (previous experience not required!). Members also provide assistance to the Ecumenical Outreach Ministry at Prince of Peace.

Hispanic Outreach

This ministry deals with issues of Family, Immigration, Parenting Preschoolers, Household Administration, Nutrition and Health, etc. There are 3 large annual programs: Food Festival in early Fall, La Posada in the week prior to Christmas, and Back to School Fair in late July. English as a Second Language (ESL) is also administered through this ministry.

Shared Blessings

Would you like to be a part of the helping community at Prince of Peace? The mission of the Bridge Relief is to locate and distribute items we no longer need. Through this process, we will locate and distribute household wares and personal necessities (appliances, clothing, etc.) to families in need within our parish community.

Vestments

Team members see to it that the vestments worn by the priests are kept clean and ready for use. Occasionally seasonal vestments may be purchased or made. This ministry also sees to it that oil used in the candles is replenished and kept in stock.

Prayer Pillar

Altar Server

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This position is open to boys and girls who have received the sacrament of reconciliation and first Eucharist.

Baptism Welcome

This ministry provides hospitality and fellowship to family and friends attending the sacrament of Baptism. The only requirements are to be friendly and welcoming. Fr. Fallon holds an orientation session.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer in which we experience God's presence within us.

Choir

Participating in divine worship services as a choir member is a sacred responsibility, not to be taken lightly. Choir members, and church musicians, offer their God-given talents to the faith for a variety of reasons. For most, it is a part of their stewardship – the giving of their “time and talents.” Adults, Teens and Children choirs are available. Singers, Cantors and Musicians are welcome to join in the choir ministry. Rehearsals are required.

Eucharistic Adoration

Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”. During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, the Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. In its fullest essence, Eucharistic Adoration is “God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!” The Eucharist is: Jesus truly present – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity!

Eucharistic Minister

Eucharistic Ministers are called to serve God’s holy people by sharing the Body and Blood of Christ with the community of brothers and sisters united by a common faith. They assist the priest in distributing the body and Blood of Christ during the Communion Rite at Mass. Eucharistic Ministers are trained by lay ministers with a deep understanding of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine. Eucharistic Ministers are called not only to minister the Body and Blood of Christ, but also to take on Christ’s likeness. The ministers accomplish this by strengthening their faith from within and sharing it with the faithful at communion.

Funeral/Inurnment Support

This ministry is responsible for assisting families when they enter the church for a funeral mass or service and/or the inurnment of their loved one. Responsibilities include greeting visitors who attend the service. Set up and preparation for the mass/service as well as clean up after the service. Both day and evening availability is needed.

Holy Name Society

The Holy Name Society is primarily a spiritual organization. The general purposes are to promote reverence for the Name of God and Jesus, promote sanctification of its members, foster observance of the Holy Name Pledge, and perform Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy as individuals and as a Holy Name Society group.

Prayer Chain

The Prince of Peace prayer chain is a ministry of dedicated people who take prayer requests from parishioners and offer up daily prayers for the intentions needed. You may become a part of this ministry and receive emails for prayer when requested or you may contact this ministry with your prayer request. All intentions are kept private within the members.

Prayer and Devotional LIturgy

This ministry supports the prayer activities outside of mass or liturgies. Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Taize Services etc. This committee is made up of volunteers who suggest possible functions, activities, prayers services and activities related to prayer throughout the year.

Reader

When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people, and Christ, present in his own word, is proclaiming the gospel. The readings of God's word must therefore be listened to by all with reverence; they make up a principal element of the liturgy. In the biblical readings, God's word addresses all people of every era and is understandable to them, and a fuller understanding is fostered by a living commentary on it.

Readers are needed for all masses and at times additional services throughout the year. You are scheduled to read at the mass you attend. Preparation and training are provided.

Usher

The role of usher is to provide assistance to the members of the congregation and thereby facilitate the full and active participation of the laity in the Mass. The ushers are chosen to serve as representatives of the faith community in welcoming participants, especially visitors, and to encourage their full and active participation in the community of faith and the celebration of the Liturgy. When the role of usher is properly performed, the worship experience of all the faithful is enhanced. This ministry is open to men, women and teens.

Wedding Director

Direct and assist in the coordination of all weddings at POP. Attend and direct rehearsals and wedding day liturgies.

Formation Pillar

Adult Education

Staff and volunteers engage in leading classes offered in which participants read and discuss a variety of religious and biblical topics with various age groups. Classes are available on Sunday and Wednesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. See the bulletin for class times.

Baptismal Prep Ministry

Classes are held the 2nd Sunday of each month at 9:45 am for parents to prepare for the sacrament of Baptism for their children. A team of volunteers lead the class using provided instructional material.

Covenant of Love Marriage Ministry

Married and engaged couples meet for prayer, fellowship, and formation under the direction of lay ministers. Designed to help couples integrate their faith into their marriage and provide a social opportunity for these couples in a faith-based environment.

Children’s Religious Education

Sunday School classes are held for 3 years old to 12th grade. Volunteer activities include being part of a team of teachers in a classroom or being a classroom aide. Sacramental preparation is included in Grades 2 and 10. Classes are Sunday mornings 8:30-9:30; 9:45-10:55, and 11:00-12:00. Many other single event opportunities exist to help with preparing materials and supplies. .

JustFaith Ministry

Volunteers in this ministry are engaged in educating those who wish to expand their commitment to care for the poor and vulnerable and to become advocates for justice. There is a 30-week justice education program that meets weekly and employs books, videos, guest speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats and hands-on experiences. JustFaith graduates are involved in many service activities within the parish and throughout the community. Sessions begin in the fall.

Marriage Prep Ministry

Classes are held quarterly to help engaged couples prepare for the sacrament of Marriage. Volunteers work with couples in a workshop environment to cover various topics and also assist with the logistics in setting up the session and acquiring speakers.

Prince of Peace School and PTO

Prince of Peace Catholic School provides a challenging, hands-on, stimulating academic curriculum for all students within the ideal spiritual, intellectual, athletic, and social environment. We approach learning in a highly engaging fashion to empower our students to be advanced life-long learners. Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of school activities.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation

of Adults or Children) Ministry

As part of Adult Education, this ministry assists others to learn more about the Catholic Faith. The goal is the formation of new members into our faith community. Volunteers help in our annual classes teaching the Catholic Faith beginning each September and ending at the Easter Vigil.

Seamless Garment Ministry

A volunteer in this ministry supports, informs, educates and advocates for the dignity of life from conception to natural death and promotes a consistent ethic of life as demonstrated by Jesus Christ. Join a team working to raise awareness of the issues surrounding this topic.

Special Needs Parent Group Ministry

Volunteers in this ministry work to enrich the lives of families who have a loved one with special needs. This ministry offers support and encouragement, as well as assistance in Sunday School. This group meets monthly.

Vacation Bible School

VBS is held for one week each June for 3 years old to rising 5th graders. Volunteers are needed to teach a class, help with arts and crafts, snacks and various other activities.

Women Of Worship (W.O.W.) Ministry

Volunteers lead a weekly session on Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am, that provides Bible study, prayer, and worship in an all women environment.

Youth Ministry (High School & Middle School)

Volunteers assist in a variety of church, social and community activities that are offered for middle school and high school aged children. Middle School and High School Youth Group meetings are held on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm. High School Youth Group meets on Sunday nights at 6 pm, following the Contemporary Mass held at 5:00 pm.

Standalone Ministries

Facilities Consultant

This ministry provides support for the physical facilities at the church and school.

Finance Committee

Help provide advice to the Pastor relative to financial activities of the parish. Meetings are bi-monthly.

Knights of Columbus

Come join our Catholic men’s fraternal organization that serves the church and school community. Meetings are 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month.

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary

Come and learn more about our Catholic women’s organization that supports the Knights and serves the community. This group also offers monthly Bunko games.

Pastoral Council

Work with and assist the Pastor in providing leadership in the mission of the church. At-large members are selected each year from those showing interest. Meetings are monthly.

Safety and Security Ministry

This ministry develops and initiates methods to improve the overall safety and security of Prince of Peace Church. It trains parish members in proper response procedures for medical, weather, fire, security, and other hazardous emergency situations that may arise when our church buildings are occupied.

Technology

This ministry provides support for the computer hardware, software and network for the church.

We, the members of Prince of Peace Parish, are a community of Christ who gather together in Eucharist to find community, renewal, and empowerment to carry out the work of Jesus. We celebrate in the diversity of our parish community.

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